Investing in Muslim-Background Believers in Uganda

The Gospel Coalition | 6/5/2018 | Staff
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It’s one of the poorest countries on earth, yet Uganda hosts one of the world’s largest refugee camps, Bidi Bidi. Refugees here and in several other camps along the South Sudan border receive extreme generosity. They can work, travel, and own land.

A two-time refugee, Joshua, first fled war in Khartoum, Sudan, to South Sudan. As a Muslim at the time, he discovered an English gospel tract on the ground and held onto it until meeting Christians who explained the message. After later fleeing to Bidi Bidi from war in South Sudan, Joshua became a pastor. He now works in Uganda with Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) and helps distribute Bibles and Christian resources to refugee camps.

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Uganda is considered predominantly Christian, but the northern region has little biblical training to offer, according to RAU missionaries, Jacob and Carol Lee. The middle-aged couple from South Texas established the mission in 2011 with several Ugandan pastors.

During earlier, short-term trips to northern Uganda, the Lees observed that pastors and leaders needed support. This led to their primary calling, which Jacob says, “is to come alongside what God is already doing here.” The couple built the RAU headquarters on 17 acres in a town only a mile from the South Sudan border. Two years later they moved to the site as full-time workers.

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He’d been warned by Islamic religious leaders in Sudan not to touch the Christian Bible. But after watching a mosque full of people destroyed by a rival Islamic group, he fled to South Sudan and began to doubt his Muslim faith.

“The plan was to settle in a small, underserved region and bring pastoral and discipleship training,” Carol explained. “But with each passing year, we have been surprised to see the plan enlarging with new opportunities in biblical training as well as in agricultural empowerment.”

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